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IESM Report by Col SS Rajan

IESM Report by Col SS Rajan

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A REPORT ON IESM AGM ON 27 NOV 2010 AT NOIDAAND ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS.JHAJJAR VILLAGE NOT INDIA; INDIA NOT JHAJJAR VILLAGE !!! 1. IESM came into being on 13 Aug 2008 during the first All India Military Veterans Meet atNOIDA, organized by a team of dedicated & devoted Veterans led by Brig CS Kamboj, VSM, ColVK Sekhri & Cdr Sharan Ahuja. IESM on formation evoked strong & positive response andkindled in Ex-Servicemen across the Country that this Organisation, truly devoted to the Cause,can get them the long pending ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP). PART I : AGM2. On 27 Nov 2010, I attended the AGM at Delhi as a founder member and Karnataka stateconvener of the IESM. The proceedings on 27th and 28th disappointed and pained meextensively, and therefore thought it fit to bring some facts to the notice of other members.3. 27 Nov 2010 may go down in the annals of history of Ex-Servicemen of India as a poor day for Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) as the gathering wasn't at all an effective representationof pan- India ex-servicemen, as intended to be.4. The moment the AGM was called to order on the morning of 27 Nov 2010, veterans assembledat the AGM were hustled and asked to cast their votes to elect Chairman for IESM which normallyare scheduled to the end of day’s proceedings; where, people first take stock and discuss themerits & demerits of various events & activities organized during the past year; and then discuss& deliberate on various points & measures to further strengthen the Organisation. Brig OPMarwaha, the Chief Election Commissioner, Col VK Sekhri & Col KK Malhotra, the two electionCommissioners nominated to oversee the Elections, as men of Honour, did their best within theconstraints of the mandate in hand. They could, however, have queried if the process of Electionshad the approval of the State Convenors, the back bone of IESM. Sadly, the State Convenors of IESM were never consulted on the Election process; thus rendering the Election of the Chairman& other office bearers and members of the Governing Body, unusual.5 It was indeed sad to see Maj Gen PK Renjen, AVSM, VSM, Brig CS Kamboj VSM and Cdr Sharan Ahuja, men of Honour, Dignity, transparent Honesty and above all, impeccable Integrity,who till a few days ago did not wish to file their nomination for election to the IESM GoverningBody, but being persuaded to file in their nomination papers and elected ‘unopposed’ along withthe other Hon’ble members of the august Governing Body. It appeared strange that Veteran BrigCS Kamboj, who all-along had been the ‘Conscience keeper’ of the IESM Governing Body,suddenly deciding to join the elected group.6. After all the Veterans present at the AGM had cast their votes; Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyanwas declared elected as Chairman with 539 votes cast in his favour; as against 12 votes cast infavour of Col Tyagi, VrC. The names of following veterans were then announced as Elected(unopposed) as office bearers:-S No Mem no Rank NamePost1. 003 Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM Vice Chairman2. 013 L Wg Cdr CK Sharma Treasurer 3. 1161L Gp Capt VK Gandhi, VSM Gen Sec4 0786l Cdr SS Ahuja Jt Sec7. The names of following veterans were then announced as Elected (unopposed) as Membersof the IESM Governing Body:-S No Mem no Rank Name Post1.1026L Col Chaturvedi RP Member 2 9607L Brig Harwant Singh Member 3 039L Maj Gen AJB Jaini, AVSM Member 4 041L Col Joshipura KiritMember 5 042L Brig CS Kamboj, VSM Member 6 0103L Sub Major (Hony Lt) Kameshwar Pandey Member 7 2249L Col TN Raman Member 8 0001L Maj Gen PK Renjen, AVSM Member 
 
8. It is noticeable to Veterans across the Country that there is hardly any outstanding / outspokenstate Convenor, as part of the Governing Body. I, like many others, believe that the StateConvenors form the backbone of IESM; and, a Governing Body without the State Convenors isnot clearly representative. It has been recommended time & time again on induction of StateConvenors in the Governing Body. Some of the veterans presently heading the IESM, to mymind, may be similar to, and comparable to IAS Bureaucrats, when it comes to stone walling anypositive recommendations to further strengthen IESM.9. Speaking to the august audience at the AGM, I mentioned that “Even today there are familiesin Punjab where all the four sons have been soldiers in the Army. The eldest son joined the armyand retired as a Naik; the second retired as a JCO; the third retired as a Col; and, the fourth &youngest brother rose to become a Div Cdr and retired as a Maj Gen. And today when all thebrothers live under one roof, the eldest brother who retired as a Naik does not salute hisyoungest brother, retired as a Maj Gen. It is Indian culture & Dharam that the younger brotherspay obeisance to their elders irrespective of ranks held by them while in service”. This aspectwas greatly appreciated by the gathering, nodding their heads in approval. As majority of Ex-Servicemen gathered were aged and definitely elder to me; I paid obeisance to them by way of Saashtaang Pranaam before introducing the following points:(a) Strengthening of IESM. The august gathering is there to strengthen IESM; and, to my mind,the only way of achieving this was by spreading IESM to all States of the Country. With a 6’ by 6’map of India displayed, all of them agreed with raised hands in support to the position that IESMhas a long way to go to achieve this.(b) Creation of autonomous State Units to make IESM truly federal in structure. IESM can bespread all over the Country, only if the States play a positive role; with IESM structured statewise as autonomous state units, intimately governed through localised ethos. The gathering againraised their hands in agreement.(c) Uniform Membership Fee Structure. Ex-Servicemen, after retirement, are identified &referred to as such by the public, not-with-standing the ranks held in service, except the few re-positioned at national level responsibilities. That being so, the different levels of MembershipFees for Officers, JCOs, NCOs & OR appear irrational. The gathering agreed with my point andraised their hands in agreement.(d) Rs.10/- as uniform Membership Fees. With IESM Membership of just 9000, achieved over aperiod of two years, the Govt. has not identified it nor engaged in discussions with it. And sincewe ought to increase our membership in terms of lakhs; it would be prudent to opt for Rs.10/- asuniform Membership Fee; to which the gathering nodded approval and raised their hands.10. No sooner the gathering raised their hands for the fourth time, a few Jhajjars came and stoodnext to me, interrupting my speech and talking loudly on the mike that uniform membership Feeof Rs.10/- was unacceptable. Soon the Ex-Servicemen who had only a little earlier nodded their approval for uniform membership Fee of Rs.10/- appeared to change, being openly egged on bysome leaders, an unusual display of indiscipline, never expected in a meeting of ex-servicemen.Patently being obstructed and not being able to talk further, while withdrawing I pointed out to thegathering that any one village is NOT India, and India is NOT a particular village. PART II : EX-SERVICEMEN RALLY AT JANTAR MANTARON SUNDAY, 28 NOV 201011. On the Ex-Servicemen Rally of 28 Nov 2010 org by IESM at Jantar Mantar, as against theearlier ones of 8 Feb 2009 & 12 Apr 2009; I observed that:(a) Attendance. The attendance was comparatively thinner, not exceeding 1000, as against theclaimed 5000 Ex-Servicemen having taken part in the Rally. It is necessary that we all realize thatuntil & unless IESM spreads its wings all over the Country, ONE RANK ONE PENSION will onlyremain a mirage. And, our presumption that 1000 Ex-Servicemen rallying at Jantar Mantar wouldcoerce the Govt. of India to grant ONE RANK ONE PENSION, is badly misplaced.(b) Signing of Petition in Blood. At Jantar Mantar, the venue of the Rally, on Sunday, 28 Nov2010; around 10.00 AM, I saw a Nursing Asst. draw blood from Ex-Servicemen and store it in abottle. When Col Himmat Singh Kaushal from Ambala and Lt Cdr Mayil Vahanan from Tanjavur (Tamil Nadu) went the table where Ex-Servicemen were busy signing their names in blood and

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Dear Col SS Rajan, I fully endorse your thorough analysis and views. Its high time the new team should take over IESM and provide the most needed service to the vetrans.
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fully endorse your views
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Dear Col SS Rajan,
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